2023 International Symposium on Environmental Education - Transitioning to Net Zero through Resource Circulation
Monday, August 21, 2023
In order to promote exchange and cooperation in environmental education in the Asia-Pacific region, Taiwan EPA and the Global Environmental Education Partnership Asia-Pacific Center (GEEP APRC) organized the 2023 International Symposium on Environmental Education – Transitioning to Net Zero through Resource Circulation on August 21 and 22. Environmental education experts, scholars, and practitioners of the Asia-Pacific region from eleven countries were invited to join the symposium in Taiwan. In the morning, Taiwan EPA Minister Chang and U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida unveiled the new location of the Asia-Pacific Center for Global Environmental Education Partnership (APCGEEP) at the National Environmental Research Academy, Ministry of Environment (MOENV).
Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the theme of this year’s event was “Toward a Net-Zero Transition through Resource Circulation,” with a focus on environmental education and social participation. Deputy Minister Shen of Taiwan EPA, and Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida of the U.S. EPA delivered opening remarks and invited environmental education scholars, experts, and practitioners from 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Bhutan, Australia, and New Zealand, to share their experiences on the promotion of “Net-Zero Green Living,” “Sustainable Recycling of Marine Waste,” and “Sustainability Education and Parternership.”
Deputy Minister Shen expressed that Taiwan EPA and the U.S. EPA jointly initiated and promoted the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) in 2014, and the program has successfully connected our partner countries’ organizations and professionals to jointly promote environmental education around the world. The Asia-Pacific Center is dedicated to fostering collaboration among government agencies, academics, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with a focus on increasing the resilience of the Asia-Pacific region to global environmental challenges through environmental education. In the future, we hope that the Asia-Pacific Center will continue to build a partnership network, exchange work with environmental education partners from governments, schools, enterprises, and non-governmental organizations in the Asia-Pacific region, and conduct training for young talents in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as organize youth internship programs across countries.